Comedian Michael Ian Black Threatens to Leave the US

( – A comedian has said he’s thinking of quitting the US — and, unlike many celebrities, he isn’t just focused on the possibility of Donald Trump winning November’s election. Michael Ian Black says it’s just the “luck of the draw” that he was born in America, so he owes the country nothing. He went on to claim the US has let him down.

Michael Ian Black isn’t one of the most recognizable names in comedy, but he’s been in the business for a long time. Born into a Chicago Jewish family as Mike Schwartz, he dropped out of college to take up an acting job on the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” promotional tour, then went on to take roles in several comedy shows, including “The State,” “Stella” and “Another Period.” He’s had a pretty successful career in the US media industry.

Black doesn’t seem very grateful for the opportunities this country has given him, though. In an April 10 op-ed for liberal media outlet “The Daily Beast,” he discussed President John F Kennedy’s famous words, “Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.” According to Black, “JFK was wrong — Americans don’t owe their country anything” — and, he claims, “the US has been letting its people down for a long time.”

The grouchy comedian went on to say he’s grateful for the opportunities that have come his way, but he doesn’t believe they were given to him by the US. He said he’s “paid for America,” but the country “continues to let me down.” Black also feels the US has lost its identity since the end of the Cold War. He said he’s “not sure it matters who wins in November” and questioned whether any president could fix the country in one or two terms. He finished by asking, “What can my country do for me?”

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